Kaepernick spoke with detainees at the George Motchan Detention Center, a gesture Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, deemed ill-advised.
“This will only encourage inmates to continue to attack Correction Officers at a time when we need more protection,” said Husamudeen, per Daily News.
As a 49ers, Kaepernick once sported socks with pigs as cops.
“Once again, correction officers find themselves caught in Mayor de Blasio’s political con-game,” Husamudeen added. “This is yet another brazen display of the hypocrisy of this mayor who pretends to support us in public, yet does everything possible to jeopardize our security in private.”
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has cut a controversial figure after refusing to stand for the US national anthem beginning last year. His silent protests were slammed by President Donald Trump, who has stated that anyone who participates should be fired from the league.
Trump went on to say the athletes are disrespecting the military with their actions, which Kaepernick and others have vehemently refuted.
They have stated their stance is rooted in the injustices of minorities.